27th April 2014, from the Music at The Museum Concert Series
Sunday 27th April saw one of Ireland’s finest sopranos Niamh Murray accompanied by her brother Rónán Murray performed a selection of songs drawn from the world of opera, operetta, oratorio, lieder & French song.
Niamh Murray has won most of the major singing awards in Ireland including the Dublin and Sligo Feis Ceoil, the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera, the Derry Festival of Light Opera, the Northern Ireland Festival of Light Opera, and the Association of Irish Musical Societies. Niamh was the first ever recipient of the Margaret Burke Sheridan gold medal, which she greatly treasures along with her award of the John Count McCormack gold medal. Her versatility can be seen from her extensive repertoire and leading performances in opera, oratorio, musicals and recitals including: The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, Oklahoma, The Pirates of Penzance, La Bohème, Cavalleria Rusticana, Faust, Alcina, Maritana, Carmen, Messiah, Stabat Mater, Carmina Burana, Coronation Mass, Oratorio de Noël, Schubert’s Mass in B flat Op.141 and Brahms’ A German Requiem Op.45. She has appeared with the RTE Concert and Symphony Orchestras; Opera Ireland and Wexford Festival of Opera. During November and December 2011 she presented an eight part bi-lingual music programme on TG4 called ‘Pitch Perfect’, in which she travelled the country auditioning singers who had a love of the Irish language as well as a love of singing. The choir which was subsequently formed sang in Croke Park at the All Ireland Football Finals. Niamh is a prolific recording artiste with numerous albums to her credit including, ‘A Fairer Paradise’ (which was nominated for an IRMA award in 1994).
Rónán Murray was born into a musical Dublin family and is a third generation organist and pianist. Having studied organ under Peter Sweeney at the DIT Conservatory of Music, he was awarded Associateships of The Royal College of Organists and Trinity College London. Rónán is titular organist of St. Joseph’s church, Glasthule, where he presides over one of the country’s finest instruments. With an especial love for improvisation, he plays music in almost any genre, from classical to popular, via traditional and jazz.